~ Perfusionist - Duke University Hospital [Perfusion Services] - Military Veterans

at Duke University and Duke University Health System

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 1,048 licensed inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 65 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; a separate hospital outpatient surgical department with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area.


For 2021-2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke University Hospital nationally in 11 adult specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, and urology. Duke University Hospital is also ranked first in North Carolina and first in the Raleigh-Durham area.


In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.

Job Code: 5077
Job Level: J2
Revised Date: 06/01/2022
Supervisory Responsibility: No

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General Description of the Job Class

Assess, plan and implement the patient care requirements and treatment necessary for patients requiring cardiopulmonary bypass, mechanical circulatory support, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and associated blood conservation or perfusion delivery.

Duties and Responsibilities of this Level

I. Job Responsibility:

  • Management of Cardiopulmonary Bypass (CPB)
  • Standard:
  • Appropriately assess patient profile and manage CPB
  • Use appropriate equipment/supplies and monitor data based on patient profile (age, condition, procedure).
  • Appropriately communicate with open-heart team personnel during procedures
  • Recognize and resolve variances and abnormal situations that may arise
  • Utilize all available safety devices during cardiopulmonary bypass as per departmental policy
  • Demonstrate appropriate clinical vigilance and awareness before, during and after cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Facilitate discussion with health care team which includes medical record review, decisions needed for prime selection, drug and blood additives, techniques of cardiopulmonary bypass.
  • II. Job Responsibility
  • Ancillary Perfusion Procedures
  • Standard:
  • Demonstrate competence and comprehensive knowledge of all ancillary procedures as per departmental policy.
  • Competence in devices to include VADs, ECMO, IABP, left heart bypass, VV bypass, targeted chemotherapy delivery systems, autotransfusion
  • Assess patient profile and manage ancillary procedures by using appropriate equipment and monitoring data
  • Recognize when situations are critical, notify appropriate personnel and assist as needed
  • Troubleshoot all technical devices
  • III. Job Responsibility
  • Information Management
  • Standard:
  • Create and maintain accurate and complete electronic records and database information entry
  • Timely documentation and reporting according to departmental standards
  • Maintain patient confidentiality
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Duke Health Perfusion Services policy and procedure

Required Qualifications at this Level


Completion of an accredited cardiovascular perfusion training program.

Master of Science degree in perfusion or related scientific field or allied health specialty (e.g. Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Technology).

Three years certified perfusionist experience considered in place of Master Degree with bachelor's degree in perfusion or related scientific field or allied health specialty.


None required beyond education/training

Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification

Certification by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion and Perfusion Licensure by North Carolina Medical Board. New grads tenure contingent on achieving certification and licensure within one year of hire. Validated for Basic Life Support and successfully complete all regulatory requirements within the probationary period.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Exposure to hazardous waste and infectious materials.
  • Physical abilities to complete job duties and responsibilities under prescribed environmental and working conditions.

Distinguishing Characteristics of this Level


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.



Durham, North Carolina

As a world-class academic and health care system, Duke Health strives to transform medicine and health locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.

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